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Old 08-13-13, 10:58 AM   #1
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Where to buy a good 26" wheelset

I am building a 26" touring bike and am looking at wheelsets options. The frame I have is Soma Saga and it has the 135mm rear spacing. I think that means I have to get wheelsets with MTB hubs (i.e. deore xt hub).

I heard good things about Mavic A719, so now I am looking for deore xt + a719 wheels. Do these come in 26" sizes and where can I find them?

Side question: would deore hub take road cassettes?

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Old 08-13-13, 11:39 AM   #2
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Just find a Deore XT equipped MTB and scab wheelset off it. They seem to pop up frequently lately. Don't bother searching C/L with Deore, because if the seller knows what they're selling it won't be cheap. STX is vg also.
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+1 I would start looking on CL for MTB with XT level components they seem to pop up on CL regularly for some pretty cheap prices and you will have nearly everything you need for your build for about the same price you could get a wheelset for.
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Actually, you will find pretty good deals on new MTB wheels on the Bay.

BTW, I like the Soma and that's going to be a great bike. Please post photos.
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Side question: would deore hub take road cassettes?
It ought to, not sure why it wouldn't.

To address the main question -- a regular 130mm road hub would do the job if you added 5mm of spacers to the left side, scootched everything over to the right so that you had equal amounts of axle showing, and then redished to center the wheel. HTH.
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Since most of the Deore hubs are standard 8/9/10 speed standard Shimano you can run a large assortment of road and MTB cassettes in almost any gearing you want.
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This isn't your wheel, but search on Velomine.
http://www.velomine.com/index.php?ma...oducts_id=2114
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I bought a wheel set from Velomine last week. Very nice folks and the deal was great. Shipping was very prompt and everything was as they stated.
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This isn't your wheel, but search on Velomine.
http://www.velomine.com/index.php?ma...oducts_id=2114
And here is your new wheelset, Deore XT laced to Mavic 717's for $159. http://www.velomine.com/index.php?ma...oducts_id=2334
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shoot, i added the wheel to the cart but cannot load the checkout page...
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Why aren't you posting these quandries about this frame in the Touring sub-forum? That's a modern touring bike.
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